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by taaroko (taaroko)
at December 24th, 2010 (11:00 pm)

current mood: cheerful

And so, on this fine Christmas Eve, it begins! Welcome to the reread of The Lord of the Rings here in the Hobbiton Reading Society! Before we get to the actual discussion, though, I do believe introductions are in order. Tell us a bit about yourself. When did you first encounter the series? Is this your first time reading, or are you a seasoned veteran? 

I'm here with my little brother, to whom I'll be reading this out loud until I go back to school for the spring semester. I'm a little ashamed to say that I hadn't even heard of the series until I saw the preview for the first movie, but I was only ten or eleven then, so perhaps that's adequate justification. As the movies came out, I tried to read the books, but I couldn't make it all the way through, and a second attempt a couple of years later also failed. I'm determined to make this third time the charm, however. So far, so good, and being in the company of such excellent hobbits (or members any other race, of course) will certainly help!

Merry Christmas, all! Expect an official discussion thread on the prologue and first two chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring soon.


Posted by: Pan (pen_umbra)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)

Oh gosh. Well it's been about five or six years since I last read the books. I had picked them up for the first time when I was in middle-school, around 12 or 13 or thereabouts. I did finish them then, but it was only upon re-reading the series in college that I realized how much I'd missed the first time around. I'm hoping to repeat that experience. :)

It took the movies to get me re-reading them; I have a suspicion that's probably pretty common. ;)

Looking forward to getting things rolling! I haven't read a good book in way too long, so I'm excited about the chance to flex my book nerdery. ^^

Posted by: Avox in Arcadia (perpetual)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
Gargoyles: flight

Pan? Your icon. Good grief, that's adorable.

Really glad you're joining us for this!

Posted by: Pan (pen_umbra)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)

Hee, thanks! It was a present in my email.

I like yours, too!

Posted by: Avox in Arcadia (perpetual)
Posted at: December 25th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
Rudolph: love

Hi! Merry Christmas! (It's 7:30am here and I seem to be the first one up. Didn't want to be, but the air mattress was not helping, so, killing time until Christmas becomes official.)

I go by many names. Around here I am probably Kairos. I too was probably thirteenish when I first attempted the books and failed. When I did get through them a few years later, I was totally enamored. I memorized a few of the iconic poems, demanded spoilers from my cooler friends, and probably still have my deck of the Middle-Earth CCG somewhere.

(Sidebar: just noticed the "Speak, friend, and enter" title on this page. Cheers, Taaroko.)

When the first movie came out I was there for the midnight showing with a cluster of like-minded geeks, bouncing giddily in our seats. A year later I was there for The Two Towers with different geeks, equally giddy. For the final installment I was dressed as an elf.

The odd thing is that there are passages from the book that I recall word-for-word without even trying, but there are also large chunks that I don't remember in the slightest. If you'd asked me a few years ago, I probably would have said that I had read the series multiple times, but I don't think that's actually true. I might have read the last book no more than once, many many years ago, and I'm awfully curious about what's in there.

Anyway, I guess I'm here to re-establish my nerd creds. It's been weighing on me. Full speed ahead.

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